2023 Sheikh Zayed Book Award (AED 750,000)

Grant / Award in Art and Humanities , in Education and Languages , in Social Science
  • United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates View on Map
  • Apply Before : October 1, 2022
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 9
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Opportunity ID 27309
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description


The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most recognized and well-funded literary prizes, is now inviting submissions for its 2023 edition. The award is an independent cultural initiative run by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

The Award, which has been called the “the Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel prize,” now has a reputation for highlighting the most amazing and often the most challenging works from and about the Arab world. So, each edition of the award rewards writers, translators, academics, publishers, and cultural organizations from across the world for their outstanding contributions to advancing Arabic literature and culture. Furthermore, winning the Award has helped writers and organizations to broaden and develop their respective projects.


Start of application: June 1, 2022

Submission deadline: October 1st, 2022

Organizing institution:  Sheikh Zayed Book Award_ Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi

Ceremony location: UAE, Abu Dhabi

Awards presentation ceremony date: May 2023

Eligible countries: All

Award value

Total award: 7 million UAE Dirhams.

In general, each prize consists of a: gold medal with the Sheikh Zayed Book Award logo, a merit certificate, and a cash prize. In particular, each winner of the Award’s nine categories will be rewarded with a cash prize of 750,000 UAE dirhams (US$ 204,000) to both recognize and further support their creative and cultural accomplishments. The total prize value equals seven million UAE Dirhams (USD $1.9m) annually.

And, the Cultural Personality of the Year receives a prize of one million UAE Dirhams.

Award objectives

It honors intellectuals, researchers, and authors who have made extraordinary contributions to modern-day literature, social sciences, culture, and knowledge. Applicants submit their book or literary work for this award.


Authors, academics, publishers, translators, and literary originations of any country can make submissions, and the organizer welcomes them from all countries in Arabic and other languages.

Award categories

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award includes nine categories, representing the variety and breadth of Arab culture:

  1. Literature (including both fiction and poetry)
  2. Young Author (for writers aged below 40)
  3. Children’s Literature
  4. Cultural Personality of the Year
  5. Publishing and Technology
  6. Arabic Culture in Other Languages
  7. Translation (either into or from Arabic)
  8. Literary and Art Criticism
  9. Contribution to the Development of Nations

Judging process

A Board of Trustees and a Scientific Committee supervise the Award’s rigorous selection process.

Annually, the Scientific Committee appoints a group of distinguished regional and international literary faces as judges who work on nine separate selection committees, one for each award category.

How to make a submission?

Consider the submission process below:

  1. Submit your book by registering online.
  2. Submit five copies of your book to Sheikh Zayed Book Award Headquarters:
    • Sheikh Zayed Book Award_Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
    • O. Box 2380 Abu Dhabi, UAE.
    • Tel: +971 2 599 5049
  3. Then, the Award will send a confirming email to a successful online submission after five copies of the book have been received by the Award.

Contact the Award via [email protected] for further information.

For more details about the Award and key dates, please visit the Award website.

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